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Easy Pasta Recipes

Easy Pasta Recipes

These easy pasta recipes will make weeknight meal planning a snap.

Linguine noodles tossed with tomatoes and sliced chicken breast served on a gray plate on a red cloth napkin.


Pasta is the powerhouse of pantry ingredients. It’s affordable, widely available and has a long shelf life. These pasta dishes are easy to make and fit all budgets. And, to make sure we don’t get bored, this collection includes a variety of pastas, from spaghetti to ravioli, there’s something here for everyone!


1.  Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

A close up of spaghetti aglio e olio served on a black plate of two pieces of garlic toast in the background.

Spaghetti aglio e olio is the go-to meal when you’re low on time and money. It’s a delicious dinner that comes together quickly, with few ingredients – six to be exact and two of those are optional garnishes.


2.  Lemon Pepper Pasta

Lemon Pepper Pasta garnished with lemon zest and parsley

In this lemon pepper pasta recipe, linguine noodles are tossed with a light, peppery lemon sauce. This simple dish is a family and reader favorite.


3.  Garlic Shrimp Pasta

Spaghetti topped with shrimp in an oil and garlic sauce, garnished with parsley and served in a large black bowl.

In this recipe, shrimp and garlic are gently sautéed in butter and olive oil with white wine, fresh lemon juice, crushed red pepper and served on a bed of pasta.


4.  Orecchiette with Italian Sausage

Orecchiette with Italian Sausage and Broccoli served in a white bowl and garnished with crushed red pepper flakes

This orecchiette with Italian sausage and broccoli is a quick, easy dinner your family will love. The Italian sausage flavors the sauce beautifully keeping the number of ingredients to a minimum.


5.  Spaghetti Aglio e Olio with Italian Sausage

A large platter of spaghetti aglio e olio with Italain sausage arranged around the pasta.

Most of the ingredients needed to make this delicious meal are probably in your pantry already. Grab some fresh Italian sausage and parsley at the market and you’re on your way to dinner.


6.  Tomato and Olive Pasta

Spaghetti and a tomato olive sauce served on a black plate.

This tomato and olive pasta is easy to make and will get you out of a pinch when you’re short on time and money. You probably have most of the ingredients on hand. Even if you don’t, they’re easy to find and affordable.


7.  Ravioli Bake

Ravioli bake being lifted by a large spoon from a glass casserole dish.

This baked ravioli dish is filling, comforting and simple. With only 5 ingredients and minimal prep work, it’s a great weeknight dinner the whole family will enjoy.


8.  Italian Sausage Baked Ziti

Italian Sausage Baked Ziti

This baked ziti is a delicious dish that will feed a crowd. In this recipe we use Italian sausage and cheat a little by using jarred pasta sauce and canned tomatoes. This pasta dish will become a family favorite for sure.


9.  Creamy Pasta with Chicken

A close up image of creamy penne pasta with greens and grape tomatoes topped with sliced chicken and served in a light blue bowl.

In this recipe, penne pasta is tossed with a creamy sauce, grape tomatoes and greens. Then the pasta is topped with pan-fried chicken cutlets that are seasoned with an Italian-inspired seasoning blend.


10.  Linguine with Chicken and Tomatoes

Linguine noodles tossed with tomatoes and sliced chicken breast served on a gray plate on a red cloth napkin.

In this delicious pasta recipe, linguine noodles are tossed with seasoned chicken breasts and a quick and easy tomato sauce. This dish is filling and budget friendly, perfect for busy weeknights.


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